The online MHA faculty is led by Department Chair Daniel West, MBA, JD who currently sits as a member of CAHME’s Board of Directors. Our faculty consists of top-tier, practicing industry professionals who understand the real world challenges you will face as a healthcare leader. Their first-hand expertise and experience in solving complex healthcare problems is reflected in their lectures, instruction and assigned coursework.
Daniel West, MBA, J.D.
Chairman, Department of Health Administration and Human Resources
Expertise: International Healthcare, Globalization, Multiculturalism, Diversity Management
Dr. West is President and Chief Executive Officer of HTC Consulting Group, Inc. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management (CAHME). He is a Certified Healthcare Consultant with the American Association of Healthcare Consultants, and board certified in healthcare management by the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a dedicated and hardworking teacher, consultant and scholar who has achieved success and is recognized for his accomplishments in international healthcare projects and activities in Central Europe and Eurasia.
Dr. West has been a CEO for a hospital, medical practice and several health care businesses. In addition to 30 years of health care management, consulting and leadership experience, Dr. West maintains Fellowship with the American College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Medical Practice Executives, American Academy of Medical Administrators, American College of Health Care Administrators, American Academy of Behavioral Medicine, and Association of Behavioral Healthcare Management. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Health Care Management Forum of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Regents Advisory Council for Northeast Pennsylvania. Other Board memberships include the Healthy Northeast Pennsylvania Initiative, Scranton Temple Residency Program, Medical Advisory Board of the International Brain Trauma Association, Scranton Temple Residency Program IRB, and the Behavioral Health Research Institute. He is recognized as in International Fellow at The University of Scranton and serves on several University committees.
Michael M. Costello, MBA, J.D.
Assistant Program Director, Department of Health Administration
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Health Administration and Human Resources
Expertise: Health Care Law & Ethics, Health Economics, Long Term Care Administration
Michael M. Costello currently serves as a consultant to the Moses Taylor Foundation. He previously served as an executive with the Moses Taylor Health Care System, comprised of two acute care hospitals and a 65 physician multi-specialty group practice in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. In addition to directing the online Master’s in Health Administration program, he is a member of the Board of Regents at The University of Scranton and formerly served as President of The University of Scranton Alumni Society.
Mr. Costello holds Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate degree from Southland University. His teaching and publishing interests are in the areas of health law and policy, health economics, international health care, long term care administration and clinical and administrative ethics.
At The University of Scranton, he is a member of the order of Pro Deo et Universitate. He is a faculty inductee of Alpha Epsilon Alpha Communications Honor Society and Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society for Health Care Administration. He is also an honorary inductee of Pi Alpha Alpha public administration honor society at Marywood University. He also received the Faculty Service Award from Hanley College and the Provost's Part-time Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence at The University of Scranton as well as the University's Frank O'Hara Award for university service. He is the author or co-author of more than 50 published articles and book chapters.
Steven J. Szydlowski, D.H.A., M.B.A., M.H.A.
Associate Professor, Health Administration
Expertise: Global Health, Health Care Management, Community Health
Steven J. Szydlowski completed his Master of Business Administration in 2000 and Master of Health Administration in 2001 from The University of Scranton. He received his Doctorate in Health Administration and Leadership at the Medical University of South Carolina. Steven held executive positions at a community hospital, integrative medicine clinic, and physician group practices and works with the Healthy Northeast Pennsylvania Initiative. He serves in faculty capacity at the University of Scranton and as MHA Program Director. He is interested in integrative medicine and community health research.
Steven writes and speaks about global health issues, health care management, and community health. He has contributed a portion of a book chapter for the first health management textbook in the Republic of Georgia. He has published in scholarly and professional journals and has given numerous presentations and served on panels at international academic and practitioner conferences. He has facilitated management development workshops and strategic planning sessions in several countries.
Rita DiLeo, RP(R), MPA
Faculty Specialist, Health Administration
Expertise: Interventional Radiology, Health Administration, Public Administration
Ms. DiLeo is a Registered Radiologic Technologist sub-specialized in interventional radiology. She graduated from The University of Scranton with a BS degree in Health Administration and earned an MPA from Marywood University. She has 23 years experience as a healthcare administrator working for hospitals, physician owned practices and freestanding imaging centers. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Student award for Radiologic Technology and a national award for excellence in marketing. Ms. DiLeo owned and operated a medical answering service and practice management company for several years. Ms. DiLeo is actively involved as a volunteer and committee member for community events. Currently, she coordinates fieldwork for MHA program as well as both the undergraduate HADM and HRS programs. She is the mother of two children.
Peter C. Olden, Ph.D., MHA
Professor, Health Administration
Expertise: Health Services, Health Administration, Healthcare Systems, Economics
Peter C. Olden earned an MHA at Duke University in the 1970s and worked as a hospital executive for fourteen years at a community hospital, teaching hospital, and regional medical center. In the 1990s, he earned a PhD in Health Services Organization & Research at Virginia Commonwealth University and began his academic career at The University of Scranton. Pete is currently a Professor. For eleven years he directed the Graduate Health Administration Program, and he has also served as Department Chair.
Dr. Olden has taught courses on healthcare management, strategic planning, economics, marketing, human resources, and the US healthcare system. His scholarship pertains mostly to managing healthcare organizations and preventive health. Dr. Olden has served on editorial boards and published in journals including Milbank Quarterly, Health Services Research, Journal of Healthcare Management, Health Care Management Review, Health Care Manager, and Journal of Health Administration Education. In 2011, he published an undergraduate textbook for health care management. He has presented at the Academy of Management, Association of University Programs in Health Administration, American Public Health Association, Academy Health, and in other countries. Pete is active in scholarly and professional associations and earned Fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He contributes service to health organizations and has provided volunteer service at local, state, and national levels.
Robert J. Spinelli, DBA, MPH
Assistant Professor, Health Administration
Expertise: Health Administration, Leadership & Finance, Health Care Systems
Dr. Robert J. Spinelli is presently an assistant professor in the Department of Health Administration and Human Resources at The University of Scranton. Dr. Spinelli currently serves as Director of the Undergraduate Program in Health Administration and teaches courses in Health Care Finance, Administration, Leadership, Planning, Marketing, and other Health Administration concentrations. He has been employed in the health care field all of his professional career and spent 26 years as a Hospital/Health Care System CEO. Dr. Spinelli's background and research interests are in the areas of Leadership and Finance and understanding how our nation should pay for the unique and innovative resources of the US Health Care System.
Dr. Spinelli received a DBA from Nova Southeastern University and an MPH from Columbia University. He also holds an MBA from The University of Scranton and a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Temple University. Dr. Spinelli is active in the community and enjoys spending his spare time participating in youth sports activities with his children.